Prison-based relationship counselling: service user perceptions and implications for resettlement

Meek, Rosie (2011) Prison-based relationship counselling: service user perceptions and implications for resettlement. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 39, (4), 357-364. (doi:10.1080/03069885.2011.603038).


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This article is based on a brief evaluation carried out on behalf of the relationship counselling service, Relate, regarding the delivery of a pilot specialist counselling service for adult male prisoners at HMP Ford, a low security ‘category D’ prison in the South East of England. At the heart of the research lies a focus on the perceptions of the prisoners engaging with the service during their time in custody. Data is drawn from questionnaires and semi-structured interviews exploring prisoners' experiences of receiving relationship counselling through Relate's work. Reasons for engaging in the service, perceived barriers and the perceived benefits of engaging in such a service are discussed, with attention paid to the wider implications of offering prison-based relationship counselling.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/03069885.2011.603038
ISSNs: 0306-9885 (print)
1469-3534 (electronic)
Keywords: relationship counselling, prisoners, resettlement, re-entry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 186277
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2011Published
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 08:36
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:38

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